New Delhi, Oct 18 (PTI) Sanya Richards-Ross, the fastest American woman in the history of 400m, arrived here on Thursday as the ambassador of Airtel Delhi Half Marathon (ADHM).The 33-year-old spoke on a variety of topics, ranging from the start of her career to being an ambassador of the half marathon. “I have been a part of a couple of half marathons before, once was in Argentina. I believe that most of the participants are actual athletes and there is a different feel to the whole surroundings of a raceday. The whole city is also involved, and I really admire the energy and passion that the runners show at the starting line,” said Richards-Ross.The American is considered by many to be one of the most graceful sprinters in recent history and is known as the fastest woman in the history of 400m from USA with her time of 48.70 set at the 2006 IAAF World Cup. The legendary sprinter says that she is keen on getting involved with more marathons in the coming future, starting with this year’s edition of the ADHM.The winner of three consecutive 4x400m gold medals, also commented on the changing running culture in India. “India has always produced some good runners and I believe that running has now become a part of the culture here. There are positive changes in the culture as lots of young people are wanting to get involved in track and field events, which is always a good indication of the status of the sport. I am proud to see how running has changes in India and I look forward to seeing more young Indian runners.”advertisementThe American also had good things to say about her first visit to India. “This is the first time that I am visiting the country and the hospitality from everyone has been fantastic. Everyone I have met has been so warm, and I was actually surprised to see that people recognized me at the airport. I get a lot of lovely mails from Indian fans which have motivated me through my career,” she said.Sanya Richards-Ross will be involved with the 14th edition of the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon 2018 as the Ambassador as the race day takes place on 21st October, 2018 in New Delhi. The race takes place on Sunday. PTI BSBS
Alexander Zverev advanced to the semi-finals of the ATP World Cup Finals after beating American John Isner in London on Friday.Zverev registered a 7-6(5) 6-3 victory over Isner at the O2 Arena to become the first German to reach the last four at the ATP Finals in 15 years.The 21-year-old edged a tight opening set before breaking in the eighth game of the second to close in on his second victory in the Gustavo Kuerten group and move on to a semi-final clash against six-time champion Roger Federer.The #NittoATPFinals SF are set@DjokerNole vs. @KAndersonATP@rogerfederer vs. Sascha Zverev#ATP pic.twitter.com/1RB8nEa2O4ATP World Tour (@ATPWorldTour) November 16, 2018Zverev became the first German in the semi-finals of the event since Rainer Schuettler lost in the last four to Andre Agassi in 2003 in Houston.World number 10 Isner still harboured hopes of reaching the semi-finals despite losing his first two matches.A straight sets victory and a win for Djokovic later would have seen him scrape into the weekend.When he levelled the tiebreak at 5-5 with a thunderous forehand return it still looked possible, but Zverev responded with a superbly improvised pass on the next point before Isner dumped a forehand into the net.Sensational SaschaWatch all the #NittoATPFinals action on @TennisTV pic.twitter.com/UdS6Y8TMNoATP World Tour (@ATPWorldTour) November 16, 2018Despite his hopes having gone, Isner stuck to his task in the second set but Zverev, still needing the victory to make sure of his semi-final berth, powered to his 56th match win of the year.advertisementZverev, the leader of the next generation of players expected to dominate the game in years to come, is the youngest semi-finalist at the tournament since Juan Martin del Potro reached the final in London in 2009.Congratulations SaschaSee you in the semis #NittoATPFinals pic.twitter.com/5CKfdvFJc9ATP World Tour (@ATPWorldTour) November 16, 2018The other semi-final will be between five-times champion Djokovic, who beat Zverev comfortably earlier this week, and South African debutant Kevin Anderson.Djokovic completed group play later on Friday when he beat Marin Cilic 7-6(7) 6-2 in a dead rubber to stay on course for the $2.7 million on offer for an undefeated champion.Not easing up despite having sealed top spot in the group, Djokovic won 31 consecutive points on serve during the match.Zverev last played Federer a year ago, losing in three sets at the O2 Arena, while Djokovic has beaten Anderson twice this year, most notably in the Wimbledon final — since when the Serb has been almost unbeatable, winning 34 of his last 36 matches.(With inputs from Reuters)
Cheteshwar Pujara defied Australia’s bowling attack and overcame stifling conditions at the Adelaide Oval with a century on the opening day of the first Test at the Adelaide Oval on Thursday.India were in danger of being bowled out cheaply after reckless batting in the opening two sessions, but Pujara scored 123 runs as India reached 250/9 at stumps.The 30-year-old notched his 16th century and also passed 5,000 Test runs in the process. Just before the close, Pujara was run out by a direct hit from Pat Cummins to end his marathon innings.Pujara played with the determination and patience, which was lacking from the rest of India’s specialist batsmen. He scored his first hundred on Australian soil and joined an elite list of players courtesy his outstanding knock.Pujara became the sixth Indian batsman to score a hundred on the opening day of a Test match outside Asia after Vijay Manjrekar, Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Virat Kohli and Murali Vijay.Kohli is the only Indian batsman to achieve the feat twice in his career so far.Pujara meanwhile, also hit the third highest score by a visiting batsman on the first day of a Test in Australia.Incidentally, Pujara and Rahul Dravid have reached the 3000, 4000 and 5000-run mark in Test innings in equal number of innings. Pujara, like Dravid, has taken 67 innings to reach 3k, 84 innings to reach 4k and 108 innings to complete 5k runs in the longest format.After the end of play on the first day, where the temperatures soared to about 39 degrees, Pujara toiled hard for every run.advertisement”Although we play a lot of our cricket in India, the heat in Australia is different. It was a tough surface to bat on, initially, but after I settled down after a couple of sessions, I was confident,” Pujara said in the video posted by bcci.tv.”Once we lost Ashwin, I had to accelerate, I started playing my shots. This was one of my best Test innings. After batting for almost,” Pujara added.After batting for 246 balls on the first day of the tour, he said that he will be visiting the physio and even though he doesn’t like to take ice baths, he will have to for another gruelling day on Friday.Why @cheteshwar1 wants a ‘milkshake’ post his Adelaide ton.Man of the moment does a quick walkie talkie in under a minute post his energy sapping ton at Adelaide – by @28anandhttps://t.co/6lk6v6Z7bd #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/rP1wVSRP0KBCCI (@BCCI) December 6, 2018″I’ll have to recover a lot, will see the physio and get a massage. The weather has been really hot and humid. Although, we play a lot of cricket in India, but the heat in Australia is different. I’m not a big fan of ice bath but will have to take it today,” Pujara said.”I did take my protein shake for recovery, hopefully, it will give me some protein today. I should be back on the field tomorrow. Has to be a chocolate milkshake,” he added.(With inputs from AP)Also Read | Cheteshwar Pujara hundred one of the very best in Adelaide: Darren LehmannGallery | Cheteshwar Pujara India’s lone bright spark as Australia bowlers dominateAlso Read | Sunil Gavaskar blasts India batsmen after poor shot selection in Adelaide TestAlso Read | One good day isn’t going to win a series, says Mitchell StarcAlso watch –
By Aparajita Upadhyay New Delhi, Dec 16 (PTI) Teen shooting sensation Manu Bhaker says her aim is to secure a quota place for the 2020 Olympics. Having left her mark in almost all the top events, the 16-year-old Bhaker is now focussed on making the cut for the Tokyo Games. Bhaker, who started the year with gold medals in her maiden senior World Cup, added two more yellow metals at the Commonwealth Games and the Youth Olympics, the first by an Indian shooter. “My aim now is to win Olympic quota,” Bhaker told PTI. The year saw a string of young shooters including Saurabh Chaudhary and Bhaker scale great heights in the sport. The youngsters came out on top at the Commonwealth Games, Asian Games, the Youth Olympics and the Senior Nationals. “We saw the youth power this year, it feels really good that teenagers are doing so well and achieving their goals. We have set our goals and are working hard, it is very surprising that suddenly all of us are doing so well. I feel very nice when I see youngsters performer,” Bhaker said. Indian shooting has a bright future with the abundance of young talent at its disposal. The recently-concluded National Shooting Championship saw 13-year-old Esha Singh upstage big names like Bhaker and Heena Sidhu in the women’s air pistol events to win three gold medals. Unlike other sports, shooting allows youngster to participate in both the senior and junior events. Such exposure has benefitted the younger generation. “Even in the senior events most of the competitors are from juniors and it helps us. In shooting we juniors get the opportunity to participate in the senior events that is not the case in wrestling and boxing,” the World Cup gold medallist said. PTI APA AHadvertisement
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s sister Gita Mehta, who has been conferred with the Padma Shri, has refused to accept the award which the Centre announced on the eve of Republic Day.She was awarded the Padma Shri in the field of literature and education.The awards were announced on the eve of the Republic Day yesterday.In a press statement issued from New York, Mehta said she was refusing the award as the timing for it was not right, according to a local website.”I am deeply honoured that the Government of India should think me worthy of a Padma Shri but with great regret I feel I must decline as there is a general election looming and the timing of the award might be misconstrued, causing embarrassment both to the government and myself, which I would much regret,” Mehta said in the statement.Notably, the general election is due in a few months. It has been rumoured in the political circles that the Centre’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government was trying to woo Biju Janata Dal (BJD) in case there was a hung assembly.The move is being seen as an attempt to win BJD’s support by conferring award to Naveen Patnaik’s sister, Gita Mehta.Gita Mehta has authored books like Karma Cola (1979), Raj (1989), A River Sutra (1993), Snakes and Ladders: Glimpses of Modern India (1997) and Eternal Ganesha: From Birth to Rebirth (2006).Mehta has also produced and/or directed 14 documentaries.Also Read | Gautam Gambhir, Sunil Chhetri among 9 sports stars honoured with Padma awardsAlso Watch | Naveen Patnaik’s sister Gita Mehta refuses to accept Padma Shri awardAlso Watch | Unsung heroes of nation awarded with Padma Shriadvertisement
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Russian chess grandmaster Vladimir Kramnik, regarded as one of the strongest players in the world, announced on Tuesday he was retiring from professional competition.Kramnik, 43, made waves in 2000 when he defeated defending champion Garry Kasparov at the World Championship. Currently ranked seventh by the World Chess Federation, he became the undisputed world champion in 2006.”I already decided to finish my professional chess career a couple of months ago and now, after having played my last tournament, I would like to announce it publicly,” he said on the website of the Tata Steel Chess tournament that ended in the Netherlands on Sunday.Today, Vladimir Kramnik announces the end of his chess career. He has won virtually all top tournaments, including #TataSteelChess (1998). We would like to thank him for his many participations in our tournament and wish him all the best! Read: https://t.co/OKHwDYBjis pic.twitter.com/LNMEgPseD7Tata Steel Chess (@tatasteelchess) January 29, 2019Vlady,a friend,rival and confidant. One of the most influential chess players of our times.His rivalry was a constant inspiration.I will miss his dry humour at tournaments. For me you will always be the Big Vlad from 89. All the best Vlady in your new avatar.#VladimirKramnikViswanathan Anand (@vishy64theking) January 29, 2019He said he was quitting to focus on chess education projects.
Team India would have felt like they were playing on their home ground during the second T20 international against New Zealand as Indian fans filled up the Eden Park stadium in Auckland on Friday.Nobody would have blamed the Indian players if they had mistaken Eden Park with the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai or Eden Gardens in Kolkata as most of the banners and flags were in support of Rohit Sharma’s side.And they didn’t disappoint the thousands who turned up at the ground as India cruised to a 7-wicket win over New Zealand to level the three-match series 1-1.Former New Zealand all-rounder Nathan McCullum, who was in the stadium with his family, described the atmosphere as “great” and even reminded him of what it was like playing in India.”Took my family to the cricket tonight for @BLACKCAPS Great atmosphere @edenparknz with the Indian fans making it an awesome time for the kids. Loud and energetic.Gotta love the passion for the Indian team and players that the fans present. Felt like I was back in India,” McCullum tweeted.Took my family to the cricket tonight for @BLACKCAPS Great atmosphere @edenparknz with the Indian fans making it an awesome time for the kids. Loud and energetic.Gotta love the passion for the Indian team and players that the fans present.Felt like I was back in IndiaNathan McCullum (@MccullumNathan) February 8, 2019New Zealand captain Kane Williamson also acknowledged the crowd after the defeat at the post-match presentation.”Brilliant crowd today. Today wasn’t as close as we would have liked, but having a full house like Eden Park, there isn’t any better atmosphere in the world,” Williamson said and hoped to see another full house at Hamilton in the next match.advertisement”One-all in the series, hopefully we will get another outstanding crowd.” India vs New Zealand 2nd T20I (Black Caps Twitter Photo)Indian fans, who significantly outnumbered the local crowd inside the stadium, got to witness a special performance from Rohit’s team as they chased down 159 inside 19 overs to level the three-match series 1-1.Left-arm spinner Krunal Pandya bowled an outstanding four-over spell, taking 3-28 as India contained New Zealand to 158-8 as it batted first after winning the toss. He was man of the match.Rohit Sharma then set up the India run chase in a 79-run partnership for the first wicket with Shikhar Dhawan, who made 30 from 31 balls, and Pant saw India home in an unbroken 44-run partnership for the fourth wicket with Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who made 20 from 17 balls.India reached its winning target with seven balls remaining. Rohit top-scored with 50 while Pant and Dhoni remained unbeaten on 40 and 20 respectively.India’s win sets up the series nicely as both teams now stand level at one-win each. The third and final match will now be a decider and will be played in Hamilton on February 10 (Sunday).Also Read | Captain Rohit Sharma emulates Virat Kohli as India hammer New Zealand in AucklandAlso Read | India vs New Zealand: Krunal Pandya elated after 2nd man-of-the-match award in 8 T20IsAlso Read | Rohit Sharma overtakes Martin Guptill to become highest run-scorer in T20IsAlso Read | India vs New Zealand: India’s openers took the game away from us, says Kane Williamson
A cartoon published in an Australian newspaper that depicted tennis star Serena Williams having a temper tantrum at the US Open last year was not racist, Australia’s media watchdog — Australian Press Council — said on Monday.The caricature of an angry Serena – with exaggerated lips and tongue and a wild plume of curly hair rising above her head as she stomped on her tennis racket – was condemned as racist by civil rights leaders, celebrities and fans.Melbourne’s Herald Sun newspaper and cartoonist Mark Knight denied the image was racist.The Australian Press Council said on Monday the cartoon did not breach its standards of practice.”The Council considers that the cartoon uses exaggeration and absurdity to make its point, but accepts the publisher’s claim that it does not depict Ms. Williams as an ape, rather showing her as ‘spitting the dummy’,” the council said, using an Australian phrase for a child having a temper tantrum.The image was “a non-racist caricature familiar to most Australian readers,” the council said in a statement.The newspaper said the cartoon was intended as a lampoon of the tennis star’s angry exchanges with chair umpire Carlos Ramos at the U.S. Women’s Singles final in New York.Williams clashed with Ramos over penalties she thought she did not deserve and ultimately lost to Naomi Osaka.The U.S.-based National Association of Black Journalists said at the time the cartoon was “repugnant on many levels” and “not only exudes racist, sexist caricatures of both women, but Williams’ depiction is unnecessarily sambo-like.”advertisement”Sambo,” a derogatory term for a black person, is the name of a folkloric figure usually depicted with an exaggerated mouth and an ape-like stance.The Council acknowledged that some readers found the cartoon offensive.”However … there was a sufficient public interest in commenting on behaviour and sportsmanship during a significant dispute between a tennis player with a globally high profile and an umpire at the U.S. Open final,” it said.Also Watch:
The Pakistan blind cricket team, which is on a tour of Sri Lanka, has been stranded in the island nation due to the closure of Lahore airport in the wake of escalating tension with India.”They have been forced to stay longer and also have to pay additional expenditure,” Chaminda Pushpakumara, the manager of the local blind cricket team said.”They had already incurred personal expenditure to travel to Sri Lanka,” Pushpakumara added.The official has sought the Sri Lankan government’s intervention to provide the Pakistani team with assistance.After border tensions broke out between India and Pakistan last week, the Sri Lankan Airlines cancelled all its flights to Lahore.The Pakistan government then closed its airspace for domestic and international flights because of the situation, which forced the 24-member Pakistan team to postpone its departure.The Pakistan blind cricket team white washed Sri Lanka 3-0 in the ODI series.
French Open organizers say Nick Kyrgios has withdrawn from the clay-court Grand Slam tournament.The reason for the Australian player’s withdrawal was not immediately clear.Last week, the 36th-ranked Kyrgios defaulted and was fined during his second-round match at the Italian Open after an outburst of rage.The withdrawal came only days after Kyrgios posted a video online in which he said the French Open “sucks” when compared to Wimbledon, where he trained recently.French Open organizers say Nick Kyrgios has withdrawn from the clay-court Grand Slam tournament and the reason has not been cleared.Also Read | Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi under investigation in France for corruptionAlso Read | Maurizio Sarri doesn’t want Edan Hazard to leave ChelseaAlso See
A fire destroyed a two-story farm house early Sunday evening on County Road C-16, about 14 miles northwest of Le Mars. Firefighters from Le Mars and four other area fire departments had to contend with strong southerly winds that helped drive the fire from a breeze way into the main portion of the home. The home owners, Melvin Plueger and his wife, were able to safely escape the burning structure. Fire officials are investigating to determine what may have caused the fire. The American Red Cross is assisting the displaced family.
Photo Attribution: USATSII’ve been looking for a more in-depth report on what, exactly, Sports Illustrated is trying to do with this whole story.Maybe I just missed some stuff along the way, or wasn’t paying close enough attention, but I finally came across a really interesting podcast with Jon Wertheim who is Sports Illustrated’s executive editor (and somebody whose writing I really like) here on Sports Business Radio.Here’s what he says about the OSU series:I had wanted to commission a story on what goes on at a big-time college football program. I wanted to look into a program and sort of venture inside the factory and spend some time there and give a comprehensive look at what goes on instead of sort of waiting for the next scandal to fall and then chase that.We wanted to look at a program that had gotten good very quickly and Thayer Evans had some knowledge and experience with Oklahoma State and we poked around there. The more we poked around the more we found players, ex-players, and coaches willing to talk and paint this portrait.We chose Oklahoma State but it really is — and I hope this doesn’t get lost — this is sort of intended to be representative of the landscape.A lot of this is specific to Oklahoma State and Stillwater but it’s sort of “these are the rules of engagement” and that’s not to say that every program is doing this but you’re naive to think this only goes on in Oklahoma.“This is sort of intended to be representative of the landscape.” Well, that’s not what you told me from the outset when you gave me this as the tagline for your series:The rapid ascent of the Oklahoma State University football program into a national powerhouse is examined in a five-part series to run across SI’s platforms.I don’t think you can logically portray both “the landscape” and “why OSU got good” (and we’ve already been over the fallacies you’re representing in the “why OSU got good” part).You can give me one or the other but I don’t think you get to give me both. George Dohrmann even said that it was multiple things, and basically said that this doesn’t go on everywhere. Here’s his quote:When we started digging in you didn’t find one thing. I’ve done a lot of these and you find academic fraud or you find a compensation system or you find a crazy drug program. But with Oklahoma State you were getting all of them.So is it representative of the landscape, or not? Because Wertheim tells me it is and Dohrmann pretty much says it’s not.Wertheim went on to talk about why SI picked Oklahoma State:We had heard murmurs of this program and it seemed the more we probed the more there was smoke there. I thought the AD’s statement the other day was really quite honorable.[1. Holder thanked SI for making OSU look at itself.] He basically said we’re going to look at these allegations and we take them seriously. There does seem to be this sense of “why these guys? why us?” from Oklahoma State but again this was more sort of — this was the sausage factory we chose to investigate but the idea is that this is more a comprehensive look at big-time college football in 2013.I just, I don’t understand.I’ve read every piece SI has put out and nearly every single word that has been written on the Internet about this entire thing and I’m still not clear what Sports Illustrated is trying to do. Are they trying to take down a program? Because if so, that’s looking quite silly at this point. Are they trying to shine a light on college football? Thayer Evans and George Dohrmann don’t seem to think so.It almost seems like the editors and the writers emailed 10 minutes before the whole thing dropped last Tuesday to discuss what they wanted it to be.Finally here’s Wertheim on how this ends:The last part of the series is on the human cost of all this. To me that was what was the most jarring and problematic. If you’re around sports in any way you’re not necessarily surprised to learn that yes for star players sometimes Ds get turned into Bs and sometimes they’re slipped $200 handshakes — I think we all cynically assume that goes on. To me the really jarring part of this whole series was the final part. To hear these kids, a lot of them were probably not in for college academically. For whatever reason, whether injury or they got in trouble or simply weren’t good enough — they were no longer of use to this program. Most of the 60 people we spoke to on the record[1. Hi, Aso.] felt as if they were exploited by the system, a lot of them did not graduate.So you write a 2,000-word piece pointing at OSU and saying “kick more people off the team” and your last piece is going to be about how OSU should have cared more and not gotten rid of the people you originally wanted OSU to kick off the team?Like I said on Friday, the lack of logic is breathtaking.So let’s break this down one last time. I have two issues with the logic Sports Illustrated is presenting overall (we won’t get into the allegations by less-than-reputable folks and no physical evidence to back it up).1. Because I don’t know what the piece is trying to tell me, I’m relying on what Sports Illustrated is telling me the piece is trying to tell me. Because they’re telling me two different things, I remain confused and start to wonder if Sports Illustrated even knows what they’re trying to tell me.2. This:How can SI’s editors, with a straight face, say “this is why #okstate got good” and not mention Boone’s $300 million donation?— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 16, 2013John Walters mentioned this on Twitter last night but SI keeps saying “we wanted to know why OSU got good?” And their failure to put a finger cause and effect of this entire thing is just incredible. I mean, look at this chart:If Sports Illustrated is really telling me that OSU got good because Fath’ Carter got a couple hundy in lieu of Boone Pickens’ donation then them printing the entire series makes more sense, because only an idiot would think those things.Now I do want to note this…if Sports Illustrated wants reform in college athletics, good, I do too. If they want to have a conversation about giving kids a chance and trying to reconcile this billion-dollar industry with (what used to be) amateurism, good, I do too.Just stop bombarding me with non-sequitors and strangely sterile claims about a big-boy college football program.You want to talk, I’ll listen. But not like this.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. 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Victor Salako (via AL.com)Offensive tackle Victor Salako has committed to Oklahoma State after making a visit this past week. Salako is a former UAB Blazer football player from Huntsville, Alabama. Salako is a 6-foot-6, 315 offensive lineman.The UAB Blazers ran a version of the hurry-up, no huddle offense. UAB ranked No. 43 in total offense, and No. 33 in the nation in rushing offense this season.The Blazers averaged 212.1 yards rushing per game, whereas the Cowboys main struggles upfront lead to an abysmal 135.3 yards rushing per game, ranking No. 103 in the nation.Salako played every game as a redshirt freshman and started in all but one contest. He was also a member of the Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll.Salako becomes the 16th member to join the 2015 recruiting class, and the fifth offensive lineman. Salako will likely make an instant impact for the Pokes who have struggled with depth on the offensive line and could push for a starting position next season.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
Oklahoma State lit up AP No. 5 TCU on Saturday afternoon in Boone Pickens Stadium. Here’s what everyone was saying afterwards.1. Mike Gundy on how he got OSU ready“I’m really proud of our team. I’m proud of our coaches, and I thought the defensive staff did a tremendous job in their game plan. The players bought in, and we reduced their reps in practice this week to try and keep them fresh. It worked for us. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn’t. I’m just really proud of the guys for being able to run them down some and make some plays.”2. Gundy on how they stopped Trevone Boykin“I had confidence in our defense’s ability to make plays. We played base defense and ran to the football. There wasn’t anything special about what we did, other than some minor things Xs and Os-wise. I used the Kevin Durant example, the one where you don’t let him get to 50 points, just let him get to 25. That’s what they did tonight.”3. Glenn Spencer being the best“I want someone to look at the stats and tell me we had a bad game so that I can laugh it off. For these guys, this was outstanding, and I’m so proud of them. It was a huge night. There were 110 gradeable snaps so they probably played 120 when you take off penalties and such. Those guys are exhausted.”4. Spencer on how he schemed against TCU“That’s another thing people don’t understand looking at that yardage is that the only way for us to get beat in that game was for them to throw over the top of us. The only way for us to lose it was for me to play it like that time Michael Hunter got beat – that was a bad call. He was in press and by himself. At that point in the game, I kicked myself in the tail. I should’ve protected those guys more because that was the only way we were going to lose that game.”5. Mike Yurcich on the unintended consequence of James Washington’s performance“The thing is, if they double cover him, somebody else has single coverage and we said earlier in the week, we have to find the single coverage matchups and throw to the one-on-one. Our guys are going to win those a majority of the time. That’s where we have to go with the ball.”6. Chad Whitener on not letting down“We’re going to celebrate as much as we can tonight, but we’re going to come back healthy tomorrow and we just have to win next week. We have to get to 10-0.”#OKState LB Chad Whitener: “Everybody’s buying in and it’s awesome.”— Mark Cooper (@mark_cooperjr) November 8, 20157. James Washington on math“Coming into the game I just thought to myself that I have to do my 111%. I really just came in and tried to do what I could do to help the team win.”8. Trevone Boykin on OSU“You’re not going to come into an environment like this and have four turnovers and expect to win a game. We played a great football team, and Coach Gundy is a great coach so props to those guys.”9. Gundy on getting to next weekGundy on if #okstate made a statement: “It really doesn’t matter. We play again next Saturday. That’s been our approach.”— Nathan Ruiz (@NathanSRuiz) November 8, 201510. Zach Sinor on BPS“It was loud. It was unbelievable. I’ve never been a part of a college football game that was that loud. It was loud at West Virginia a few weeks ago, but this was a lot louder than WVU.”11. Gary Patterson on getting smoked“First off, you have to give Coach Gundy and the Oklahoma State Cowboys a lot of credit. They kicked our butts. You can’t give up big plays, and you can’t turn the ball over. If you do that, you’re not going to win big ballgames. They had 30 plays and 28 points in the first half. We fought our ways back into it. Basically, the defense gave up one touchdown in the second half, but it was too late. You have to score and get yourself back into things. I give them all the credit.”12. Patterson on whether he was surprised OSU scored so much“Nope. They scored 70 last week. I wasn’t surprised by any of it, and I knew they were going to keep going at us. I would’ve done the same thing they did. That’s their job. They scored and they tried to double-reverse pass, and when you play our offense you need to keep going until there’s no time left. I would do the same thing.”If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
MLS MLS Players Union denounces Donald Trump’s controversial comments amid protests Goal Last updated 2 years ago 02:42 26/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Getty Images MLS NWSL The U.S. president called on NFL team owners to fire players for kneeling during the national anthem, and the MLS Players Union expressed its concern The MLS Players Union has responded to U.S. President Donald Trump’s controversial statements regarding protests during NFL games over the past 13 months, calling the remarks “jarring and disappointing.”Trump at a rally Friday called on NFL team owners to fire any “son of a bitch” who “disrespects our flag” by kneeling during the national anthem. He also asked for harder hitting in the league, saying “they’re ruining the game” by implementing new rules for player safety.The MLS Players Union chimed in Monday, releasing a statement of support of all professional athletes in North America. Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing “All players have every right to exercise their Constitutional rights and we will do everything in our power to defend those rights…” pic.twitter.com/piPlCfdi2R— MLS Players Union (@MLSPlayersUnion) September 25, 2017″To hear the President of the United States single out certain professional athletes and call for their termination of employment was jarring and disappointing, as was his disregard for player health and safety,” the statement read.”Like NFL players, and players across the North American sports landscape, MLS players spend countless hours off the field doing charitable work that makes a significant impact in the communities in which they play.”All players have every right to exercise their Constitutional rights and we will do everything in our power to defend those rights when they are challenged. It is our deepest hope that the solidarity exhibited on a daily basis by professional athletes throughout North America can serve to encourage a more tolerant and less divisive society.”If a player wants the privilege of making millions of dollars in the NFL,or other leagues, he or she should not be allowed to disrespect….— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 23, 2017…our Great American Flag (or Country) and should stand for the National Anthem. If not, YOU’RE FIRED. Find something else to do!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 23, 2017The defiance against Trump on Sunday included NFL players locking arms, refusing to stand for the national anthem and not coming out to the field for the pregame tradition as a protest for racial and social injustice. In the NWSL, the top women’s professional soccer league in North America, U.S. national team players Becky Sauerbrunn, Sydney Leroux and Megan Rapinoe refused to enter the pitch for the anthem ahead of a match Sunday.
Manchester United Mata urges United unity after Huddersfield embarrassment Nicholas McGee Last updated 2 years ago 21:29 10/23/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Images Manchester United Huddersfield Town v Manchester United Huddersfield Town Premier League The Spanish midfielder believes his side must learn from the mistakes of Saturday’s shock loss to Huddersfield Town Juan Mata has urged Manchester United to stick together in the wake of their stunning Premier League defeat to Huddersfield Town on Saturday.The Terriers, promoted to the top flight via the play-offs last season, claimed a first win over United in 65 years with a 2-1 victory.Utd 12/1 to win PL with dabblebet Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Goals from Aaron Mooy and Laurent Depoitre condemned United to a first league defeat of the season despite Marcus Rashford pulling one back for Jose Mourinho’s men.United are now five points adrift of neighbours and league leaders Manchester City, with a furious Mourinho conceding United deserved to be punished for their lacklustre performance.But midfielder Mata, taken off at half-time, has preached unity in response to the setback ahead of an EFL Cup tie with Swansea City and the visit of Tottenham in the Premier League.”Now, it’s time to learn from our mistakes and keep going, as we always do.”@JuanMata8’s latest blog ➡ https://t.co/Bk67KA5Hd1 pic.twitter.com/MIsDbUmCQu— Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 23, 2017″We knew this moment would arrive sooner or later, although that’s something you never wish for, of course,” Mata wrote of the Huddersfield loss in his blog.”Now, it’s time to learn from mistakes and keep going, as we always do, showing that the team sticks together when things don’t go so well, which is when we need it most.”Since the European Super Cup defeat last summer, we’ve been performing really well against all kind of opponents. On Saturday, though, Huddersfield played their cards better than us and took all three points. All we can do now is congratulate them and move on. This is a not a sprint, but a marathon and there is still a long way to go.”It’s going to be a tough game [against Swansea]. “But, we are the reigning champions and we will try our best to win and keep moving forward. There’s another big game next weekend, this time against Tottenham.”They’re one of the most difficult teams to beat in the top flight, and it’s a key game for us to show all the virtues we have been talking about over the last two months.”
Chelsea Conte urges Chelsea to be ‘positive’ after landing Messi and Barcelona in Champions League Christopher Devine Last updated 1 year ago 22:13 12/11/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) Getty Images Chelsea UEFA Champions League Premier League Huddersfield Town v Chelsea Barcelona Antonio Conte A last-16 tie against the La Liga giants promises to provide the Blues with a stern test, but their manager has said: “Our reaction must be positive” Antonio Conte says Chelsea must embrace the challenge of being handed a daunting Champions League tie against Barcelona.Chelsea were pitted with the leaders of La Liga when the draw for the last 16 took place in Nyon on Monday.”Our reaction must be positive,” said head coach Conte in a news conference ahead of Tuesday’s Premier League meeting with Huddersfield Town. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “As we know very well, when you are in this stage you must be ready to face every team. In this case we must be ready to face Barcelona.”When you play Barcelona, you must put in 120 per cent at home and away if you want to hope to go to the next round.”The two teams have met on five previous occasions in the Champions League knockout stages, but Conte added: “The past is the past. Now it’s the present, another story. It’s totally different.”I think this type of game is a good chance for every player to show the right value. Every player has to play in the right way.”Ahead of the first leg against Barca on February 20, the Italian is focused on ensuring Chelsea’s domestic form improves.The reigning Premier League champions sit 14 points behind leaders Manchester City after suffering a fourth defeat of the top-flight season at West Ham on Saturday.”I think our priority must be the league, must be to try to stay up and try to fight for a Champions League place. That must be our priority in this moment,” said Conte.”Then when it will be the moment to play against Barcelona we will start to think of the game against Barcelona.”We must be very realistic to understand that this league is very dangerous. We have to go game by game.”